Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing

A Memoir

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Publisher Description

INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER


The BELOVED STAR OF FRIENDS takes us behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this “CANDID, DARKLY FUNNY...POIGNANT” memoir (The New York Times)


A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK by Time, Associated Press, Goodreads, USA Today, and more!

“Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.”

So begins the riveting story of acclaimed actor Matthew Perry, taking us along on his journey from childhood ambition to fame to addiction and recovery in the aftermath of a life-threatening health scare. Before the frequent hospital visits and stints in rehab, there was five-year-old Matthew, who traveled from Montreal to Los Angeles, shuffling between his separated parents; fourteen-year-old Matthew, who was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada; twenty-four-year-old Matthew, who nabbed a coveted role as a lead cast member on the talked-about pilot then called Friends Like Us. . . and so much more.

In an extraordinary story that only he could tell—and in the heartfelt, hilarious, and warmly familiar way only he could tell it—Matthew Perry lays bare the fractured family that raised him (and also left him to his own devices), the desire for recognition that drove him to fame, and the void inside him that could not be filled even by his greatest dreams coming true. But he also details the peace he’s found in sobriety and how he feels about the ubiquity of Friends, sharing stories about his castmates and other stars he met along the way. Frank, self-aware, and with his trademark humor, Perry vividly depicts his lifelong battle with addiction and what fueled it despite seemingly having it all.

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and eye-opening—as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and uproariously funny, this is the book fans have been waiting for.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2022
November 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Flatiron Books
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
36
MB

Customer Reviews

Stop the complaints ,

Amazingly Sad

A fantastic story we all wished hadn’t happened at all, but it did, over and over and over again. Matthew Perry takes us on a horror ride of his life. While he is a lovable TV and movie star, he has not had it easy to say the least. I found myself praying he would be ok this time, only to learn if his own disappointment and failure. Exceptionally written and worth the read. God bless him for sharing his story with us.

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Awful

What a disappointment. I wish I hadn’t read this book as it definitely opened the curtains on who MP is. Shallow and so arrogant. Friends is my favorite of all time sitcom and I’m sad that Matthew Perry showed us who he truly is.

hairbyrobere ,

Not worth it

It’s honestly just way wallowy, full of self pitty with no resolve. You want to know about friends but you won’t get nearly as much as you think.

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